I am grieving the loss of our local grocery store tonight. In a town of 1490 people, this is a disaster.
Apparently, within minutes of my departure today, the store went up in flames and is a total loss. It was only 5 miles from my home. Yes, I said miles. Now I will have to drive 25-30 miles, depending on which direction I go. These are not freeway miles, these are winding country roads. I worry for all the families that made their living in that store. I worry about the loss of tax revenue to our community. I worry about how some of the other local businesses might be affected when we all have to go to bigger towns/cities to do our shopping and buy more stuff in those places while we are there. I worry about how budgets will be affected by increased driving/gas costs. I worry about how the schools will be affected. Will I be able to still get my prescriptions now that the in-store pharmacy is gone? We lost 2 in-store restaurants, including a Subway, as well. Life as we knew it will be changed for the foreseeable future.
I am sure they will rebuild, but that will take time. In the meantime, what damage will take place in our community? Time will tell.
So, since I am feeling very sad tonight, I decided to make a fall card. We are not having much of a fall here because the drought caused the trees to lose their leaves in June & July, so there's not much left to change.
I have a beautiful Memory Box stamp that I used tonight, stamping it on 2 different Basic Grey Indian Summer papers and punching out the tree then mounting it with foam tape on top of the other one. I used a Sizzix die for the label and tied May double-sided satin ribbon to the top. The sentiment is from Impression Obsession and I used Versafine Sepia ink. The sketch is from the Skipping Stones Designs challenge.
I am also entering the following challenges:
Crazy Amigo Challenge - falling leaves
Die Cuttin' Divas - fall colors
Love to Create - fall/autumn colors
Use it Tuesday - all about fall (hoarded stash=Basic Grey Indian Summer - I confess, I AM a paper HOARDER)
Thanks to Margaret for posting for me yesterday when I was just too sick (migraine again) and tired to be able to do it. I'm very glad to be back tonight, even though I do have to go to the office tomorrow!!!
Thanks for stopping by!